With Term 2 well underway the College is incredibly busy with a number of milestone events and days occurring. It has been pleasing to see students modelling our Value of Leadership which is a focus for Term 2. Students have been:
- learning to hold themselves and others accountable by organising themselves to complete tasks and meet deadlines.
- learning to be open to new and different ways of learning by challenging themselves and persisting with learning.
- learning to treat everyone fairly by behaving in ways that doesn’t disrupt the learning of others.
Greenvale Secondary College together with the Department of Education acknowledged IDAHOBIT Day on Wed 17th May.
IDAHOBIT Day is the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, Transphobia discrimination. The 17th May marks the anniversary of the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the classification of disease and related health problems.
We acknowledge and celebrate this day to raise awareness of the discrimination that LGBTIQ+ people still face.
The day aims to raise awareness of violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people. This is a genuine extension of the schools bullying prevention policy as supporting and promoting IDAHOBIT means strengthening human rights for everyone and taking a stand against violence, discrimination, and oppression toward LGBTIQ people.
At the College we stand united in our commitment to creating a safe, inclusive and welcoming learning place for all students including LGBTIQ people and foster a safe environment that is supportive and inclusive of LGBTIQ+ student and recognises that creating a safe and inclusive environment is key to tackling bullying and harassment and preventing suicide and self-harm.
All students should be safe from bullying and feel included at school. Students who don’t feel safe or included at school cannot learn effectively and reach their full potential.
This year, Education Week runs from Sunday 14 to Saturday 20 May. The theme Active Learners: Move, Make, Motivate celebrates the many ways students learn, through physical activity, hands on learning and student voice.
Education Week is an opportunity for our school to celebrate and share with you how we encourage our students to be active learners.
Our school is proud to encourage active learners through our ever-expanding programs, clubs and activities – including holding our Annual Athletics Carnival during Education Week.
COLLEGE REVIEW PROCESS
Our parent community will be aware that the College recently sent a link and asked parents to complete a survey which will help inform the future direction of the College.
Every 4 years, all schools are required to conduct a review process which then informs the next Strategic Plan. This process also provides assurance of the ongoing compliance with the standards relating to curriculum and student learning.
Whilst we know that we have achieved a lot in a short period, we are also aware that there is much still to do.
This term, the College will host our review which will be conducted by a panel, utilising the expertise of challenge partners and convened by an independent school reviewer. Our review panel will consist of:
- Jane Kovacs (Independent Reviewer)
- Vivienne Tellefson (Senior Education Improvement Leader – DET)
- Andra Guccione (School Council President)
- 2 SRC Students
- Marcia Devlin (CEO, The Academy of Teaching and Leadership)
- Nathan Chisolm (Principal, Prahran High School)
- Sean Butler (Principal, Preston High School)
I look forward to keeping the community updated on this important work.
ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM REVIEW
Based on student, staff and parent feedback – we are reviewing the current structure of our Enhancement Program.
Based on feedback received:
- Students – would like an enhancement program, however the current preferencing system is not clear to them and in some cases, despite parent support – they are disgruntled at being in a growth enhancement or not getting their first preference.
- Staff – would like to see enhancement counted as face-to-face teaching time. The inclusion of clearer intervention, extension and passion subjects should be strengthened.
- Parents – the Enhancement program is a part of what attracts parents to the College, and they value the opportunity if gives their child.